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Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama Don Poker Faces For Irish Open As New Depositors Get Bankroll Boost

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - April 19, 2011) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. today launches a slew of bankroll benefits to European online poker players put out by the recent shutdown of online poker sites in the U.S.

As part of the move this Easter weekend's tournaments will see increased guarantees of over $100,000 at Starting with a $100,000 Guaranteed on Friday, April 22. Elsewhere new depositors get a massive lift with the First Deposit Bonus increasing from $600 to $1,000, up to 200 percent. Plus, they will be rewarded with a daily $1,000 First Depositors Freeroll. Those players with smaller bankrolls will be fighting to get into the two $5,000 freerolls which take place on April 22 and 23 for anyone who has deposited on the site.

Paddy Power, spokesman for the company, said, "With the upcoming visit of Queen Elizabeth and President Barack Obama to Ireland we thought we'd get into the spirit of co-operation by offering a helping hand to poker players looking for a new home. As a public limited company with over two decades in the business we're as solid as the proverbial rock and with marquee events like the upcoming Irish Open to help us create a great community we're sure the Queen of England and the President of the U.S. would approve of our magnanimous, bankroll boosting offers."

The paddypowerpoker.comIrish Open is Europe's longest running poker tournament. Now in its 30th year the €3,200 + €300 event takes place over Easter weekend, April 22 to 25, at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, Ireland and will feature some of the biggest names in world poker.

There are just two days left to qualify online at and 15 seats are guaranteed:

  • Apr. 19, 20:30: €250 + €25 freezeout – 5 seats guaranteed
  • Apr. 20, 20:30: €300 + €20 freezeout – 10 seats guaranteed

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    Jenny Cruess Callaghan
    Acting Press Officer
    00 353 1 6563922 or Mob: 00 353 87 7534989


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